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BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese officials allegedly feasted on a critically endangered giant salamander and turned violent when journalists photographed the luxury banquet, according to January 27 media reports on the event which appeared to flout Beijing's austerity campaign.

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MANILA (AFP) - More than 40 Philippine police commandos were killed in an 11-hour firefight with Muslim rebels which erupted while they were chasing one of the region's most wanted militants, police said January 26.

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Members of the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum pose for a photo in Kuala Lumpur following the release of their statement, sent out ahead of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, on January 24, 2015. Photo: ASEAN People's Forum
 Members of the ASEAN Peoples’ Forum pose for a photo in Kuala Lumpur following the release of their statement, sent out ahead of the ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, on January 24, 2015. Photo: ASEAN People's Forum

ASEAN’s largest civil society forum has released a collective statement highlighting regional priorities and overarching cross-cutting concerns regarding a call for a more people-centred approach to governance in a region plagued by authoritarian regimes and “elite governance.”

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According to the initial autopsy carried out on Ms Christina Annesley, no foul play was reported. Photo: Christina Annesley/LinkedIn
According to the initial autopsy carried out on Ms Christina Annesley, no foul play was reported. Photo: Christina Annesley/LinkedIn

The preliminary unofficial autopsy results for British tourist Christina Annesley, whose body was found dead inside a bungalow room on Thailand’s Koh Tao island, showed no signs of physical violence or sexual abuse, according to the chief of Thailand’s Institute of Forensic Medicine speaking to the media in Bangkok on January 25.

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Kachin people held a prayer ceremony for the two murdered teachers at Wunpawng Christian Church, a Kachin Baptist church in Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 25, 2015. Photo: Phanida/Mizzima
 Kachin people held a prayer ceremony for the two murdered teachers at Wunpawng Christian Church, a Kachin Baptist church in Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 25, 2015. Photo: Phanida/Mizzima

Kachin people held a prayer ceremony at Wunpawng Christian Church, a Kachin Baptist church in Chiang Mai, Thailand on January 25 for the two Kachin female teachers who were recently raped and killed in Northern Shan State.

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Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia, during a plenary WEF session on ASEAN connectivity and a roadmap to 2015, at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, 01 June 2012. Photo: EPA/BARBARA WALTON
Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and Industry of Malaysia, during a plenary WEF session on ASEAN connectivity and a roadmap to 2015, at the World Economic Forum on East Asia in Bangkok, Thailand, 01 June 2012. Photo: EPA/BARBARA WALTON

DAVOS (AFP) - ASEAN will officially call itself a single market by year's end, but "big things" like seamless travel within the 10-nation bloc would only come in 2020, Malaysia's trade minister told AFP in an interview.